Mindfulness & Yoga Programs

Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR)


Mindfulness has been defined by Kabat Zinn as “the awareness that arises when paying attention, on purpose, in the present moment, non-judgmentally”. Over the eight-week program, we will be exploring this experientially and investigating how we may bring mindfulness to bear against the stress, anxiety and pain we are experiencing in daily life. Mindfulness involves stepping out of our usual, ‘doing mode’ and into a different mode of mind, we call ‘being’. Just being – paying attention to how it is, right now.  It is an invitation to step out of the busy, evaluating, and critical mode we often find ourselves in, especially when we are ‘really stressed out’.

MBSR 8-week Intensive

Contact:  info@mindfulwaves.com / info@judywaldmancounselling.com

 This evidence-based program is designed to help participants reduce the negative impact of stress on their lives and increase their health and well-being through mindfulness meditation and gentle mindful movement practices.  

Take some time to recharge your inner battery. Join us for an 8-week MBSR program this fall at 

 Estonian House 958 Broadview Ave

October 15 - December 3, 2018 

8-Week Series: Wednesday 6 - 8:30 pm

Silent Retreat: Dec 2, 2018

Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction is an eight-week program which includes eight 2.5 hour classes and an ‘all-day’ Silent Retreat, usually held on the weekend.  The Silent Retreat is an integral part of the program and most participants report that it is a pivotal experience for them.  

In every class, we will learn formal mindfulness based practice, beginning with a focus on attending to the body and breath, and then moving to attending to other present moment experiences in sitting meditation.  There will also be an invitation for what we call ‘informal mindfulness practices’. Right from the first class we are inviting you to bring mindfulness to typical and ordinary experiences that we usually do on automatic, and to explore experientially the effect of mindfulness in your everyday life.  As well, we will explore our experience of stress to learn how our patterns of stress reactivity are expressed in thoughts, emotions, body sensations and impulses to act. We also will explore how mindfulness may be helpful in reducing inter-personal stress. 

Facilitators: Sara Escott MEd, BFA & Judy Waldman RN, MN, NP-PHC Judy and Sara are certified as Level 1 Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Instructor through The Centre for Mindfulness Studies and the University of Toronto. Both Judy and Sara trained for MBSR facilitation with Centre for Mindfulness of the University of California San Diego.

Yoga & Trauma Therapy

Yoga Classes

Private, individual yoga classes at the office or in your own home

Group yoga classes are available on request

Trauma Sensitive Yoga classes for individuals and groups

Yoga and Trauma Therapy

Yoga has been shown to be associated with a  reduction in post-traumatic stress symptoms and for managing anxiety and stress. Yoga has been studied as an adjunctive therapy for its physical and mental effects on many medical conditions. The mind and body are interconnected and thus body awareness is an important aspect of learning to manage emotional and physical manifestations of trauma, anxiety and stress. The use of physical postures and breathing exercises and concentration techniques are ideal regulating emotion. 

Judy may use yoga and mindfulness practices and approaches in counselling and therapy. 

For further information call: 416-364-0240

Mindful Meditation & Movement